Aikido: Martial Arts In Temecula
Aikido is different from other martial arts. It is an art of personal development based on deeply humanitarian values. Every Aikido technique contains a series of points where we can defeat our opponent. But instead, we avoid the use of force and allow an opportunity for peaceful resolution. “Winning” in aikido is not simply defeating an opponent, but helping people live in harmony.
Aikido draws from the best parts of Japanese martial arts and transforms techniques that were once meant to injure into methods that control without harm, resolving conflict without injury or violence. We are creating both a strategic and an ethical relationship with our opponent.
Aikido evolved primarily from Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu, an older samurai combat tradition. We teach Nishio Aikido, a progressive form of aikido which also draws from other arts including karate, judo, jiu jitsu, ground techniques, sword (ken), and staff (jo) to create a highly integrated and effective martial art that remains a true expression of Aikido’s ethical principles.
Aikido is a life long training. There’s no end to it. Aikido is not just technique or physical form. You are constantly growing and changing. You are training your mind and nurturing your health. You’re learning a kind of physical wisdom, something that cannot be experienced in any other way.
“Aikido is a wonderful way to live and a wonderful form of expression. Human beings shouldn’t fight. Instead, they should have affection, help and complement each other. In doing so, a human world is created.”Shoji Nishio, Shihan
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Philip Greenwood is an expert in the art of Aikido. He Is a sixth degree black belt in Aikido and a fifth degree black belt in iaido, the art of Japanese swordsmanship. He teaches Aikido in the style of Shoji Nishio and is President of Nishikaze Aikido Society of America, official organization of Nishio Aikido in the U.S.
In addition to his more than forty years experience in Aikido he has also studied Okinawan Kempo Karate, Judo and Jiu Jitsu. His view is that Aikido should express a compassionate heart while at the same time being an effective method of self protection. Dr. Greenwood is also a practicing Chiropractor for 27 years.
She home schools her two daughters. She loves travel and has a great passion for Japan, for Japanese culture, arts and crafts. She brings great skill, passion and a warm and happy spirit to the dojo! Visit her personal blog at http://heathergreenwood.wordpress.com/.
What Is Aikido?
Aikido is pronounced ah-ee • kee • doh with equal emphasis on each syllable. It is formed from three japanese characters (kanji) 合気道. 合 (ai) means to fit, merge or join, 気 (ki) means mind, energy, feeling and 道 (dō) refers to a way of life or a philosophical practice. Together these characters can be translated as “The Way of Uniting Forces,” “The Way Of Harmonious Spirit” or simply “The Way Of Harmony.” Greenwood Aikido is affiliated with Nishikaze Aikido Society Of America and Aikikai Foundation Tokyo, Japan. All student and instructor ranking is accredited through the Aikido world headquarters (Aikikai Foundation), Tokyo.